Islam in the Americas

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Islam is a minority religion in all of the countries and territories of the Americas.

Suriname has the highest percentage of Muslims in its population for the region, with 13.5% or 66,307 individuals, according to its 2004 census. However, the United States, in which estimates vary due to a lack of a census question, is generally believed to have the largest population, with between 1.3 and 2.7 million.[1]

Some West African slaves taken to the Americas by colonists may likely have been Muslims, although they became forcibly converted to Christianity. Most Muslims in the former British Caribbean came from the Indian subcontinent as labourers following the abolition of slavery. This movement also reached Suriname, although other Muslims there moved from another Dutch colony, which is now Indonesia. In the United States, the largest Muslim ethnic group is of African Americans, who converted in the last century, including the syncretic, radical and revisionist Nation of Islam. However, in South America, the Muslim population is mainly composed of wealthy immigrants from the Levant, including Lebanese and Syrians.

Muslims in the Americas[edit]

Shia Muslims comprise 15-20% of Muslims in the Americas.[2] Nearly 786,000 Shia Muslims are situated on United States.[3] The American Shia Muslim community are from different parts of the world such as South Asia, Europe, Middle East, and East Africa.[4][5] They have many activities and have founded several organization such as the Islamic Center of America and North America Shia Ithna-Asheri Muslim Communities Organization (NASIMCO).[6]

Population by country[edit]

The population of Muslims varies across the Americas. Below is the percentage of every American country that was Muslim in 2010, according to a Pew Research Center estimate:[7]

  • Suriname - 15.2%
  • Guyana - 6.4%
  • Trinidad and Tobago - 5.9%
  • Canada - 2.1%
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines - 1.5%
  • British Virgin Islands - 1.2%
  • Bermuda - 1.1%
  • Argentina - 1.0%
  • Barbados - 1.0%
  • French Guiana - 0.9%
  • United States - 0.9%
  • Panama - 0.7%
  • Antigua and Barbuda - 0.6%
  • Cayman Islands - 0.4%
  • Guadeloupe - 0.4%
  • Anguilla - 0.3%
  • Falkland Islands (Malvinas) - 0.3%
  • Grenada - 0.3%
  • St. Kitts and Nevis - 0.3%
  • Venezuela - 0.3%
  • Aruba - 0.2%
  • Caribbean Netherlands - 0.2%
  • Curacao - 0.2%
  • Martinique - 0.2%
  • Sint Maarten - 0.2%
  • St. Pierre and Miquelon - 0.2%
  • Bahamas - 0.1%
  • Belize - 0.1%
  • Dominica - 0.1%
  • Honduras - 0.1%
  • St. Lucia - 0.1%
  • U.S. Virgin Islands - 0.1%
  • Bolivia - <0.1%
  • Brazil - <0.1%
  • Chile - <0.1%
  • Colombia - <0.1%
  • Costa Rica - <0.1%
  • Cuba - <0.1%
  • Dominican Republic - <0.1%
  • Ecuador - <0.1%
  • El Salvador - <0.1%
  • Greenland - <0.1%
  • Guatemala - <0.1%
  • Haiti - <0.1%
  • Jamaica - <0.1%
  • Mexico - <0.1%
  • Montserrat - <0.1%
  • Paraguay - <0.1%
  • Peru - <0.1%
  • Puerto Rico - <0.1%
  • Turks and Caicos Islands - <0.1%
  • Uruguay - <0.1%

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Global Religious Landscape". Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project. 2012-12-18. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  2. ^ "World Shia Muslims Population". shianumbers.com. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  3. ^ Zahid Hussain Bukhari (1 January 2004). Muslims' Place in the American Public Square: Hope, Fears, and Aspirations. Rowman Altamira. p. 37. ISBN 978-0-7591-0613-0.
  4. ^ Daniel Brumberg; Dina Shehata (2009). Conflict, Identity, and Reform in the Muslim World: Challenges for U.S. Engagement. US Institute of Peace Press. pp. 366–370. ISBN 978-1-60127-020-7.
  5. ^ "Mapping the Global Muslim Population". pewforum.org. 7 October 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  6. ^ Mohsen Saleh (1 January 2009). American Foreign Policy and the Muslim World. Al Manhal. p. 179. ISBN 978-9953-500-65-2.
  7. ^ "Religious Composition by Country, 2010-2050". Pew Research Center. 2 April 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2017.